MF - I can appreciate your recent obsessions.
My recent obsession has been achieving the most analogue-like sound from digital gear.
This is somewhat related to noise floor / black background. in that achieving the one will likely yield the other.
Pictured below is a headphone amp that will soon be released, the Sileo by Human Audio. (Sileo means silence, quietness - pretty apt, huh?)
Runs off batteries, like most of their gear.
The company's whole raison d'etre has been to create products with the lowest noise floor and the most analogue-like and musical sound.
Eliminating AC power / DC conversion was one step that has seen them move toward that goal.
Their aesthetic sensibility also gels with mine. i love the bamboo surround.
I own their DAC and USB transport (Muto and Tabla, respectively). They make exceptional products.
I'd be surprised if this headphone amp did not set a new standard for black background and fine detail retrieval...
I personally am excited to hear it...
Edited by TheWuss - 3/1/13 at 5:57pm